Roleystone Theatre update - FAQs

Roleystone Theatre update - FAQs

What is the current status of the theatre?

In December 2018 Council considered a report on the future of the Roleystone Theatre and decided the following:

  1. Commit to the reopening of the Roleystone Theatre for occupation and use.
  2. Proceed with finalising a design that reflects the current scale, noting:
    a. The main hall is to be repaired; and
    b. Flytower to be restored or replaced; and
    c. Other areas of the building to be rebuilt to similar sizes at current standards.
  3. Consider and seek funding sources in preparation for consideration as part of the 2019/20 budget.
  4. Consider user arrangements that support the Roleystone Theatre Group as a primary tenant but considers opportunities for others.
  5. Commission a heritage assessment and impact statement.
  6. Commit to the use of Roleystone Hall by the Roleystone Theatre Group until such time that the Roleystone Theatre is reopened.

A copy of the December Council minutes can be found at this link.

Following a period of public comment, the City is currently liaising with community groups that have expressed an interest in utilising the theatre to assist in determining ongoing occupancy arrangements as per part 4 of Council’s decision.

Council will  now consider the financial implications of reopening the theatre as part of the City’s 2019/20 budget process.

For further details please contact the City's Community Planning Projects Officer at info@armadale.wa.gov.au or on 9394 5407.

Why is the theatre closed?

Following a routine building maintenance inspection in February 2018, a number of structural issues were observed and it was deemed necessary to close the theatre to ensure the safety of the public. The City has since installed bracing to support the theatre’s fly tower and commissioned a structural report on the building. The report was presented to Council in August 2018 and concluded that significant structural rectification works are required in order for the building to be fit for any purpose. 

What is the history of the theatre?

In 1922 a timber framed public Hall of approximately 110 square metres was built on Brookton Highway with funds raised by the Roleystone Progress Association. The Hall was used for the district’s community, social and cultural events and in 1933 the Roleystone Choral and Dramatic Society was formed. What became known as the Old Roleystone Hall became the venue for the group’s many productions. In 1985 the group became incorporated and changed its name to the Roleystone Theatre.

Many additions and alterations have been made to the building with funds from the theatre group, external sources and from time to time from the City. Over the years works were undertaken either by the theatre group or the City. The building now has an overall footprint of around 520 square metres (over 4 times larger than the original hall) and now includes a stage and backstage facilities; a foyer entrance, bio box, fixed tiered seating, props room, make up and dressing rooms, public toilets and a fly tower.

The Old Roleystone Hall, now known as the Roleystone Theatre has hosted a many theatrical productions and other cultural and social activities over a number of years.

What is happening with the Roleystone Theatre Group following closure of the theatre?

The Roleystone Theatre Group has presented two productions since the closure of the theatre, one at Cecil Andrews College and one at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. Since the closure of the theatre, the City has been working closely with the group to assist them to remain active in Armadale. Roleystone Hall has been identified as a temporary home where they can rehearse, store equipment and build sets etc with some modifications to be made to the hall to make it more suited to theatrical performances. The group has not yet finalised its future productions, although they will most likely present seasons at a number of venues including the redeveloped Armadale District Hall, at outdoors venues as well as at Roleystone Hall.